Preventive Dental Care in Bremerton, WA
Routine dental care and preventive maintenance are essential to maintaining adequate oral health. Preventive dental services are used to keep your teeth and gums healthy. These preventive services such as exams, routine cleanings, deep cleanings and oral cancer screenings all play a valuable role in keeping your mouth clean and healthy.
Our teeth were meant to last us a lifetime. With proper utilization of preventive services and proper care and maintenance, you and your teeth can be together for the rest of your days.
Professional Dental CleaningsWe perform professional dental cleanings in order to remove plaque buildup and debris that may be trapped around the gum line or in between the teeth. It is important that plaque and food debris be removed from the teeth, as when left to fester the result is a buildup of calculus – the main contributor to periodontal gum disease.
Professional dental cleanings are just as important as daily brushing and flossing. Because we use specialized tools they are therefore able to remove plaque buildup from the surfaces of your teeth. Plaque comes from a collection of bacteria in the mouth that forms on the tooth’s surface leading to decay and gum disease. These professional cleanings also allow us to remove any existing tartar from the teeth. Tartar is plaque that has been left to harden on the tooth’s surface. If left to continue to grow and harden tartar will lead to gum disease. Once hardened regular brushing and flossing will not remove the tartar buildup, but rather require specialized tools for removal. Routine dental cleanings also allow us to remove surface stains and discoloration by polishing.
Dental ExamsRegular dental exams help you to protect your oral health by way of preventive cleaning and early detection of oral health concerns. These consistent dental checkups allow us to catch oral health issues before they become too severe, thus protecting your teeth, gums and mouth. When left undetected and/or treated, small dental health issues can become more severe, requiring far more costly and extensive procedures to repair.
During your dental exam Dr. Hablutzel will scan your oral cavity for signs of gum disease, oral cancer and decay. By way of x-rays and physical examination, any concerns present will be further examined, discussed and treated to prevent further concern.
Benjamin Franklin said it best when he said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Dental X-RaysDental x-rays are used as a vital tool in early detection of oral health problems. Identifying issues via x-ray allows us to address problems before they become more concerning. Problems that go undetected will likely lead to more extensive and expensive necessary procedures for treatment.
X-rays can help us to identify tooth decay, tumors, cysts and impacted teeth.
Dr. Hablutzel uses digital dental x-rays which boast many advantages to traditional dental x-rays. Some of these advantages include:
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Dental SealantsIf Dr. Hablutzel suspects tooth decay is imminent, it will likely be recommended to you that the tooth be protected by a dental sealant. Sealants are typically used to help prevent the onset of tooth decay. Because the natural grooves of the molars and biting teeth make it easy for food to become trapped, despite brushing and flossing efforts, it sometimes becomes necessary to protect these vulnerable surfaces with a sealant. Food that is left trapped within the tooth leads to a rapid colonization of bacteria, which eventually results in tooth decay.
Sealants are not permanent, but they are highly effective at protecting the tooth against decay, thus saving you money and time in future restoration procedures. Generally speaking, a dental sealant will last on average 5 years before requiring replacement.
Dental sealants are a cost-effective way to prevent the onset of dental decay and a highly effective way to reduce the chances that tooth decay will become a problem. Though sealants can protect the teeth from dental decay, they cannot and should not be used to replace daily brushing and flossing, but rather used in concurrence with.
Gum DiseaseTo date, according to the American Dental Association, gum disease accounts for approximately 70 percent of tooth loss in the American adults. The early signs of gum disease are easily detected during regular routine dental exams and are critical to preventing progression of the disease and even reversing the effects of the disease.
Signs of periodontal gum disease include swollen, red gums that bleed when flossing or brushing.
The bacteria that causes tooth decay is the same bacteria that is said to lead to periodontal gum disease. When left to colonize, these bacteria will form a thick layer of a clear, sticky substance known as plaque. This plaque, if not removed, will eventually begin to eat away at the bond between the gum and the tooth, thus leading to gum “pockets.” These pockets, if deeper than 4 millimeters, indicate the onset of periodontal gum disease. If Dr. Hablutzel notices gum pockets of this depth or deeper it will likely be recommended that you undergo a special treatment aimed at cleaning and removing these bacteria from beneath the gum line.
If left untreated and if not maintained, periodontal gum disease will progress and eventually result in bone and tissue loss, which ultimately leads to tooth loss. Because there is no permanent treatment for gum disease, it is therefore important that you make every effort to prevent the onset it; that means daily brushing and flossing, as well as taking advantage of preventive services.